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Thomas Jefferson Awards

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The Virginia Museum of Natural History is seeking nominations through December 6, 2016 for the various awards to be presented at the 30th annual VMNH Foundation Thomas Jefferson Awards.  This state-wide awards ceremony will be held March 16, 2017 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.  Tickets are $10 for VMNH Members and $15 for non-members.  The keynote speaker will be announced in the coming months. The VMNH Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony is a statewide event that honors individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education.  Nomination guidelines are available below.

Categories for nomination include:

Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science
Presented to an individual who has consistently made outstanding contributions to natural history in Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education
Presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural history or natural science education at any academic level.

Matthew Fontaine Maury Distinguished Service Award
Presented to an individual or organization which has provided exemplary service in the development of the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

William Barton Rogers Individual Award
Presented to an individual who has shown significant support for the natural sciences in Virginia, through contributions to the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

William Barton Rogers Corporate Award
Presented to a company or organization that has shown significant support for the natural sciences in Virginia, through contributions to the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

The 30th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards event is sponsored by Bassett Furniture Industries and the Norfolk Southern Foundation.

For information about partnering with the museum as a sponsor of this statewide event, call 276-634-4163 or email ryan.barber@vmnh.virginia.gov.


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